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Pain Management and Medical Cannabis An Integrative Therapeutic Approach - Dispense MagazineDispense Magazine

Pain Management and Medical Cannabis: An Integrative Therapeutic Approach

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Almost everyone, at some point in their lives, experiences an extended painful episode, either from traumatic or degenerative musculoskeletal or neurological problems. The negative complicating effects of chronic pain include decreased sleep,…
How High Is Too HuDispense Magazine

How High is Too High?

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The CBD to THC Ratio is Essential to Controlling Dosage Some patients have a difficult time finding medical cannabis products that are dosed appropriately for them. After they leave the dispensary for the first time, they go home excited and…
Mental Health and Medical Cannabis - Dispense Magazine PodcastDispense Magazine

Mental Health and Medical Cannabis: Dispense Magazine Offers Panel at Monroeville Expo

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For many people dealing with mental health issues, to explore using cannabis as a treatment, it seems overwhelming because of two stigmas. First is the stigma of their condition, and second the stigma still lingering with medical cannabis in…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let’s Talk Terpenes - Cymene

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This is the 20th installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” Today,…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let’s Talk Terpenes - Phytol

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This is the 19th installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” Phytol…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let's Talk Terpenes - Pulegone

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This is the 18th installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” Pulegone…
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Releaf App Helps Patients Find The Best Medicine

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Releaf is a free mobile app that empowers patients to make informed treatment and purchasing decisions by tracking the level of symptom relief a specific cannabis product or variety did, or did not, provide them. In addition to tracking symptom…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let’s Talk Terpenes - Sabinene

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This is the 17th installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” Sabinene…
Veteran Profile: Erik Asher, Mastering the Power of the Press - Dispense MagazineDispense Magazine

Veteran Profile: Erik Asher, Mastering the Power of the Press

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Erik Asher is a Desert Storm Veteran and a tremendous influencer in the medical marijuana community in and around Pittsburgh. His expertise with a live rosin press has earned him a large following on YouTube. He recently spoke to Dispense for…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let’s Talk Terpenes - Terpinolene

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This is the 16th installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” Terpinolene…
Dispense Magazine - The History of Medical Cannabis from Ancient Times to 1937 to Today: An Interview with Vireo Health's Dr. Paloma LehfeldtDispense Magazine

The History of Medical Cannabis from Ancient Times to 1937 to Today: An Interview with Vireo Health's Dr. Paloma Lehfeldt

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There’s a huge gap in people’s understanding of cannabis. Most patients want to know why it’s illegal, while most doctors want to know why they didn’t learn about it in medical school. So says Dr. Paloma Lehfeldt, Director of Medical…
Keeping a Focus on Patient Safety An Interview with Acreage Holdings CMO Corey Burchman, MD - Dispense MagazineDispense Magazine

Keeping a Focus on Patient Safety: An Interview with Acreage Holdings CMO Dr. Corey Burchman, MD

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Many cannabis growers can grow, cure and process the plant, but what does it take to make good medicine? How do you make sure it is completely safe?  In this episode, we’ll find out what it takes to make good and safe medicine with Dr.…
Dispense Magazine - Medical Cannabis, DUI, and Your Driver's LicenseDispense Magazine

Medical Cannabis, DUI, and Your Pennsylvania Driver’s License

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On April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize Cannabis as a medical treatment when Governor Wolf signed the “Medical Marijuana Act.” While the Act has addressed many concerns on the medical administration of the drug,…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let's Talk Terpenes - Phellandrene

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This is the 15th installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” Phellandrene…
Dispense Magazine Podcast - How To Run A Patient-Focused DispensaryDispense Magazine

How To Run A Patient-Focused Dispensary: An Interview with Victor Guadagnino, Jr.

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Pennsylvania now has over 60 medical cannabis dispensaries, and many more are planned. Each one must have a pharmacist available during hours of operation. In theory, every patient should have every question answered during every visit. In practice,…
Dispense Magazine - Cannabis ScienceDispense Magazine

Cannabis Science

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The latest news, research, and reports on the therapeutic uses of cannabis from the scientific community. Patient-Reported Symptom Relief Following Medical Cannabis Consumption The Releaf Application continues to revolutionize the way studies…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let’s Talk Terpenes - Geraniol

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This is the 12th installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” Some…
How To Run A Patient-Focused Dispensary - Dispense MagazineDispense Magazine

How to Run a Patient-Focused Dispensary

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An Interview with Victor Guadagnino, Jr. The legalization of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania, while very successful in numbers, has not been without problems. The lack of patient education is one that stands out. Patients are not always receiving…
Hosford Featured in Pittsburgh Business Times Medical Cannabis Blog - Dispense MagazineDispense Magazine

Dispense Publisher Featured in Pittsburgh Business Times

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The Pittsburgh Business Times posted a blog about Medical Cannabis today, spotlighting several Pittsburgh area industry experts. The article, titled, “Ask The Experts: Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania,” features, among others, our Founder…
Dispense Magazine Podcast - The State of PA's Medical Cannabis Program - An Interview With Lt. John FettermanDispense Magazine

The State of PA's Medical Cannabis Program - An Interview With Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman

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Last week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that he and his Lt. Governor are firmly in favor of the legalization of cannabis for adult use.  Lt. Governor John Fetterman is a loud voice for legalization, a voice he earned by listening…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let's Talk Terpenes - Eucalyptol

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This is the 11th installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” Eucalyptol,…
Patient's Perspective - The Real Problem With Vaping - Stevie GustafsonDispense Magazine

Patient’s Perspective - The REAL Problem With Vaping

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It’s been just over a year and a half since patients in PA have been able to legally purchase cannabis as medicine. That’s a year and a half of healing and health that thousands of people have been searching a very long time for, some for…
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Check out Dispense Magazine and more at the Third Annual Mind, Body, Spirit Healing Expo

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The Third Annual Mind, Body, Spirit Healing Expo will be held this weekend and Dispense Magazine is excited to be a part of the event again this year. We will be on hand both days, Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let’s Talk Terpenes - Terpineol

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This is the 10th installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” If you…
Veteran Profile: Erik Asher - Dispense MagazineDispense Magazine

Veteran Profile: Erik Asher

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Mastering the Power of the Press Medical cannabis is a huge issue with veterans, as it is often the most effective treatment for both pain and PTSD. So we’re proud to bring you profiles of veterans who are making waves in the cannabis industry…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let's Talk Terpenes - Bisabolol

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This is the ninth installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” Bisabolol…
Are Legal PA Vapes Safe - Dispense MagazineDispense Magazine

Are Legal PA Vapes Safe?

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Top Researchers and PA Grower/Processors reassure patients  As most have heard, there is a whirlwind of stories and conflicting information regarding the recent outbreak of lung illnesses and deaths related to vaping, which is causing confusion…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let’s Talk Terpenes - Camphene

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This is the eighth installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” Camphene…
Talking To Your Doctor About Medical Cannabis - Dispense MagazineDispense Magazine

Talking to Your Doctor About Medical Cannabis

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Americans for Safe Access has some advice on how to have a conversation about cannabis with your physician. Be forthright. There is nothing wrong or illegal about discussing medical cannabis with your doctor. Federal courts have ruled that…
Dispense Magazine - Top Three Things All Cardholders Should KnowDispense Magazine

Top Three Things New Cardholders Should Know

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You’ve got your card… NOW, WHAT? 1. How do I figure out what products I should use for my condition? If your certifying physician did not put any restrictions on your medications, all options are available! The ways to consume cannabis…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let’s Talk Terpenes - Beta-Caryophyllene

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This is the seventh installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” Caryophyllene…
Dispense Magazine - Cannabis ScienceDispense Magazine

Cannabis Science

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The latest news, research, and reports on the therapeutic uses of cannabis from the scientific community The Case for the Entourage Effect and Conventional Breeding of Clinical Cannabis: “No Strain,” No Gain Prolific cannabis researcher…
Dispense Magazine Podcast - Sara Makin Anxiety and what it takes to qualify in Pennsylvania Medical CannabisDispense Magazine

Anxiety and what it takes to qualify: An Interview with Sara Makin

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As of July 20, 2019, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health now includes anxiety to the list of qualifying conditions for patients to be able to use medical cannabis. But what exactly does it mean to have anxiety? We all get anxious from time to…
Dispense Magazine - 3,000 Pennsylvanians with anxiety certified for medical cannabis in the first monthDispense Magazine

3,000 Pennsylvanians with anxiety certified for medical cannabis in the first month

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In July, Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine announced that anxiety and Tourette syndrome would be added to a list of more than 20 qualifying medical marijuana conditions. Since then, a staggering 3,000 people have been certified for anxiety…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let’s Talk Terpenes - Borneol

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This is the fifth installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” Although…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let’s Talk Terpenes - Nerolidol

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This is the fourth installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” Island…
DC Now Accepting Medical Marijuana Cards From Any State - Dispense MagazineDispense Magazine

DC Now Accepting Medical Marijuana Cards From Any State

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Medical marijuana patients from across the country will now be able to purchase their medicine at D.C. dispensaries. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Thursday that the list of states with medical marijuana programs whose residents can purchase…
Illinois expunges marijuana related criminal recordsDispense Magazine

Judge rules 'plain smell' of marijuana no longer provides authorities with probable cause to search a vehicle

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In a case exposing some confusion regarding the legality of medical marijuana, a Pennsylvania judge issued a notable verdict when she ruled that police cannot legally search a citizen's car based simply on the odor of marijuana. On Aug.…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let's Talk Terpenes - Pinene

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This is the third installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” Pinene,…
Standard Wellness Recalls Marijuana Drops - Dispense MagazineDispense Magazine

Standard Wellness recalls medical marijuana drops

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An Ohio medical marijuana company has issued a voluntary recall for its THC-infused water-soluble drops after reports of product contamination. Standard Wellness, based in Gibsonburg, told 15 dispensaries to stop selling all packages of "The…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let's Talk Terpenes - Limonene

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This is the second installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” Limonene…
Scientists discover the pain relief potential of cannabis - Dispense MagazineDispense Magazine

Scientists discover pain relief potential of cannabis

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Cannabis flavonoids 30 times more effective than aspirin Researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario Canada have pinpointed how the cannabis plant produces vital pain-relieving molecules that are 30 times more powerful at reducing inflammation…
Medical Cannabis and the Second Amendment - Dispense MagazineDispense Magazine

Medical Cannabis and the Second Amendment

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What are a patient's firearm rights? The issue of a medical cannabis patient’s Second Amendment rights is of great concern here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where we have a long tradition of hunting and sportsmen. Now that physicians…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let's Talk Terpenes - Myrcene

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This is the first installment in our weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes,” published every Monday. For more information, read the introduction to this series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide For Medical Marijuana Patients.” The…
Cannabis Terpenes, a guide for Medical Marijuana PatientsDispense Magazine

Let’s Talk Terpenes: A Guide for Medical Marijuana Patients

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This is an introduction to our new weekly series, “Let’s Talk Terpenes.” This series will feature some of the most commonly known terpenes, their uses, effects, medical benefits and more. Read on for an in-depth look into the important…
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When it comes to medical marijuana, relief can take many forms

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As Pennsylvania’s 100,000 marijuana patients head to their local dispensaries, growing demand has emerged for live and dry concentrates, says Brandon Miller, Director of Production for Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania. “Whether you’re…
New Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in PADispense Magazine

Anxiety disorders and Tourette Syndrome to be added to list of Medical Marijuana Program qualifying medical conditions

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Thursday, July 11, 2019 - The Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine today announced that effective July 20, anxiety disorders and Tourette syndrome will be added to the list of approved qualifying medical conditions in…
Dispense Magazine - Your Endocannabinoid SystemDispense Magazine

Department of Health issues cease and desist order to medical marijuana grower/processor

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After a surprise inspection found numerous violations, The PA Department of Health ordered AGRiMED Industries of PA, LLC, to cease and desist harvesting, cutting or destroying marijuana plants at it’s Carmichaels, Pa. facility. The grower…
Illinois expunges marijuana related criminal recordsDispense Magazine

Illinois expunging cannabis-related criminal records

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If you've faced charges for marijuana in Illinois, you can now breathe a bit easier, as the politics of pot are changing in the prairie state. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has signed HB 1438, which makes cannabis legal in Illinois for individuals…
Spring 2019 Article - Card Sharks Medical Cannabis Magazine and Blog

Medical Cannabis Card Sharks

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How to not get ripped off when getting certified for a medical marijuana card in PA So you want to go get your medical marijuana card? Well, buyer beware! Out there in the wild west of PA’s medical marijuana program, you could get seriously…
Dispense Magazine - Dispense With The NonsenseDispense Magazine

Message from the Publisher

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The beginning of Summer is a great time to announce an exciting new addition to the Dispense Magazine website.    On the Summer Solstice, we in the Northern Hemisphere observe the longest days of the year, when the sun rises the…
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PA Department of Health launches Medical Marijuana Research Program

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Pennsylvania continues on the path to be the leader in Medical Marijuana Research HARRISBURG (June 20, 2019) - In a move yet to be matched by any other state, the PA Department of Health launched a research program, aimed at providing information…

Restore and Reboot with Felicia Greenfield-Blau

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A therapeutic model for a cannabis-based opioid reduction Spring 2019 Cover Story Rather than a gateway drug, cannabis is quickly becoming an exit drug as more patients use it along with well-established holistic therapies to reduce their…
Releaf AppDispense MAgazine

Releaf App Helps Patients Find The Best Medicine

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Releaf is a free mobile app that empowers patients to make informed treatment and purchasing decisions by tracking the level of symptom relief a specific cannabis product or variety did, or did not, provide them. In addition to tracking symptom…
Medical Cannabis and Employment - Dispense Magazine PodcastDispense Magazine

Medical Cannabis and Employment

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The State of Pennsylvania Three Years After Legalization Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act became law on April 17, 2016. In the three years since legalization, the Commonwealth has seen many changes. Grower/processors opened. Dispensaries…
Saving the Medical Program when Adult Use is LegalDispense Magazine

Protecting the Medical Program When Adult Use is Legal

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In this episode, we continue our discussion about what happens to the medical program when the recreational adult use of cannabis is legalized. We talk to PA State Senator Shariff Street, author of SB-350, an adult use bill currently being debated…
Dispense Magazine Podcast Recreational Vs Medical MarijuanaDispense Magazine

Recreational vs. Medicinal: A Panel Discussion

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Right now, the Lt. Governor of PA is on a listening tour to every county in the state -- all 67 of them -- to hear what people think about legalizing the recreational adult use of cannabis. In this episode, we get to hear from his wife, the…
Dispense Magazine Blog - Why Physicians Founded Vireo HealthDispense Magazine

Why Physicians Founded Vireo Health

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For Dr. Kyle Kingsley, a trained emergency medical doctor in Minnesota, his perspective on the use of medical cannabis evolved after meeting a Gulf War veteran who had suffered a gunshot wound resulting in a spinal cord injury. For years, the…
Dispense Magazine - Dispense With The NonsenseDispense Magazine

Dispense With The Nonsense: Cheers, Jeers, Sighs and Raspberries on The Front Lines of Reefer Madness

A Busy Department of Health Earns a Variety of Responses Pennsylvania lawmakers wisely put the administration of the medical cannabis program in the hands of the Department of Health (DoH), as medicine should be, and not under departments that…
Medical Cannabis: The Next Wave of Holistic MedicineDispense Magazine

Medical Cannabis: The Next Wave of Holistic Medicine

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Pennsylvania is not often considered a progressive state, but the medical cannabis program is regarded as one of the best state programs in the country by many industry insiders. Patient and physician friendly, it may be the best example of…
Dispense Magazine Interview - Treating Trauma with CannabisDispense Magazine

Treating Trauma with Cannabis: An Interview with Sara Makin

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Seventy percent of adults in the United States have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lives. Of those, 20 percent develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) says Sara Makin, founder of Makin Wellness, a therapy and coaching…
Dispense Magazine Podcast - Medical Marijuana and PTSDDispense Magazine

Medical Marijuana and PTSD

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Solevo Wellness, Pittsburgh’s first medical marijuana dispensary, and Dispense Magazine team up for this series of podcasts called Cannabis Conversations. Recorded live in front of an audience every month, these conversations discuss various…
Dispense Magazine Podcast - Medical Marijuana and Pediatric Medicine Part IIDispense Magazine

Medical Marijuana and Pediatric Medicine - PART II

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Solevo Wellness, Pittsburgh's first medical marijuana dispensary, and Dispense Magazine team up for this series of podcasts called Cannabis Conversations. Recorded live in front of an audience every month, these conversations discuss various…
Dispense Magazine Podcast - Medical Marijuana and Pediatric Medicine Part IDispense Magazine

Medical Marijuana and Pediatric Medicine - PART I

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Solevo Wellness, Pittsburgh's first medical marijuana dispensary, and Dispense Magazine team up for this series of podcasts called Cannabis Conversations. Recorded live in front of an audience every month, these conversations discuss various…
Dispense Magazine Podcast - Pain Management and Opioid Addiction Part IIIDispense Magazine

Pain Management and Opioid Addiction - PART III

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Solevo Wellness, Pittsburgh's first medical marijuana dispensary, and Dispense Magazine team up for this series of podcasts called Cannabis Conversations. Recorded live in front of an audience every month, these conversations discuss various…
Dispense Magazine Podcast - Pain Management and Opioid Addiction Part IIDispense Magazine

Pain Management and Opioid Addiction - PART II

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Solevo Wellness, Pittsburgh's first medical marijuana dispensary, and Dispense Magazine team up for this series of podcasts called Cannabis Conversations. Recorded live in front of an audience every month, these conversations discuss various…